Merton E. Ober, Jr. ’45 died on October 6, 2008, in Burlington, Massachusetts.
Born on May 11, 1921, in Salem, he grew up in Beverly and moved to Winchester in 1993. He prepared for college at Browne and Nichols School. At Bowdoin, he was a member of Delta Sigma fraternity. During World War II, he served as an Army medic, receiving the Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. When he returned from the war, he and his wife moved to Miami, where he owned and operated a TV and appliance store. In 1956, they moved back to Winchester, and he went to work at Raytheon. During that time, he returned to college and earned his degree in electrical engineering from Boston University. He was a member of the Winchester Congregational Church, active in the Winton Club stage crew, and a director and avid sailor at the Winchester Boat Club. He was predeceased by his wife, Charlotte Burr Ober, who died in 1999, and by a daughter, Carol Anne, who died in 1955. He is survived by three daughters, Judith Ober and Merily Swanson of Winchester and Patricia Barr of Enfield, N.H.; a sister, Janet Ober Callowhill of Maine; his companion of the last nine years, Ann Miller; and nine grandchildren.